Introducing Enroute's Annual Group Strategy 2024-25

Our vision for universal access to rail

Our 2050 Vision

Vision:

Universal access to rail

Universal access to rail is absolutely essential to encourage modal shift from private vehicles.

Intro

Our core proposals

We believe that:

  • Every rail service in England, Wales and Scotland should support level boarding by 2050, and as a result reduce dwell times at all stations and increase the number of people that can use public transport.
  • Level boarding should be provided by bringing station platforms with over 10,000 passengers pear year (pre-COVID) in England, Wales and Scotland to the government standard for height, which currently stands at 915mm, with a 730mm offset according to the RSSB.
  • Along with this, all new rolling stock in England, Wales and Scotland should be low-floor, to match new platform heights.
  • Every railway station with usage over 10,000 per year should be step-free from street to train, for example, via a lift or ramp, by 2050.

Case Study: Class 777s

See below – the new Class 777s, dubbed some of the most accessible trains in the country, with level boarding at every station and generous space for wheelchairs (image by BusAndTrainUser)

  • 14th December 2023: Initial publication